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  •  when i was in CO recently (2+ / 0-)
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    the university of colorado-endorsed limbaugh station's local blowhard (s) was working hard for the recall.

    i heard one suggest he had been against recalls of duly elected officials for political purposes (without criminal behavior)  but since the dems went after scott walker these CO dems were now fair game (i think the senate head was targeted for being gay). i wondered what the local blowhard  had thought of the gray davis CA recall (for which local RW radio probably played a major part- along with bussed-in paid-for signature gatherers.)

    recalls are easy when you have the local RW radio stations on your side to drum up signatures, with a megaphone that's got the local sports teams on it, like in non-presidential elections.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 06:49:25 AM PDT

    •  The head of the Colorado House is gay. (1+ / 0-)
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      IIRC, the first openly gay speaker of a house legislature in the country, but I could be mistaken here.  The Republicans ran out the clock last year on a Civil Unions bill because they didn't have the votes to defeat it in a vote - the filibustered. First thing the Colorado legislature did this year with better majorities was to pass Civil Union legislation in Colorado.  We're one of the states with the one man- one woman language put into our Constitution last decade.

    •  Fundraising in the CO recall will (2+ / 0-)
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      probably play a smaller part in whether the recall effort is successful than whether the NRA can sufficiently mobilize the "gun rights" single-issue voters to get to the polls and vote.  Be assured that the NRA supporters will pull out all the stops to win the recall, because it will make national news and further motivate like-minded zealots nationwide.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 07:25:08 AM PDT

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      •  the national talk radio blowhards like limbaugh (1+ / 0-)
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        will weigh in on this too, along with all the locals.

        since it's a special election they (limbaugh hannity etc) could spend significant time on it to help get out the tea/gun vote. they'll do that if the think tanks prompt them.

        dems have nothing to compare- just a bit of local prog radio at AM 760

        This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

        by certainot on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 07:38:48 AM PDT

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        •  That's depressing. (1+ / 0-)
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          Maybe the Democrats will organize themselves into a GOTV juggernaut.

          "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

          by SueDe on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 08:43:43 PM PDT

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          •  it makes no sense to ignore talk radio and then (0+ / 0-)

            try to make up for it with real hard work. in a real democracy one side cannot be given/allowed that kind of advantage and stay a democracy.

            This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

            by certainot on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 11:14:21 PM PDT

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            •  Well, what would you suggest the (1+ / 0-)
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              Democrats do?  They can't shut down radio stations that air right-wing radio programs regardless of the lies the programs contain or the outrageous slurs of their hosts.  I agree with you that one side of the political aisle shouldn't have such an unanswered advantage, but they do, and I can't see a different response option for the Democrats other than the ground game.

              "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

              by SueDe on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 05:11:11 AM PDT

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              •  2 main things can be done besides expanding on (0+ / 0-)

                boycotts, such as stop rush.

                a big part of the advantage comes from the underestimation of the advantage and an inability to read what's being said on those stations.

                1) every state dem party should have access to what the stations are saying. they need software they can plug into redundant computers to automatically transcribe what the main state/local stations are saying.

                when the dem opponent goes onto the local blowhard's station and lies or distort's about the dem candidate or the issue there needs to be a way to take that to local media and expose it- make it an issue before the listeners get it into the deditorial pages and it becomes truth. GOP candidates or their surrogates can lie on these stations and get away with it. it happens all year around for republicans in govt. the scott walkers and their people have been using radio for 25 years.

                the blowhards basically work for the GOP and are often coordinated with GOP goals- to kill or pass legislation, to attack, lie, distort- and they can do it all year and just before elections they can do a lot of damage with no consequence.

                dems need to be able to search those transcripts at the end of the night or week for the names of their candidates or specific issues and take the transcripts to the media.

                2) see link in sig.

                our state funded universities have no excuse for continuing to support partisan RW radio with their sports broadcasting. when the above happens (all the time on behalf of the RW GOP think tanks) the larger stations often have sports logos on them. students need to start to demand their unis look for non partisan alternatives.

                850 KOA in CO regularly declares "850KOA, home of the buffs, and rush limbaugh!"

                i've seen the same in NM, on the lobos/limbaugh station. in wisconsin some of the scott walker radio stations (might as well be) have wisconsin badger stickers on them. they get community cred and ad dollars from it.  same with many of the largest texas stations now attacking wendy davis.

                the dem party needs to make an issue out of it. it makes no sense to allow the association to continue without a fight.

                those stations have a big say in university and school funding elections/issues. regents, whether a president is 'acceptable', school funding measures, etc.

                This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

                by certainot on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 06:52:45 AM PDT

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                •  also, those transcripts can be used to see trends (0+ / 0-)

                  that can be very telling for what the GOP wants to do.

                  if the GOP is planning to introduce voter suppression legislation etc. they will do some work from the radio first. the immigration issue was largely blown up by the GOP for that purpose.

                  if you want to know what they're up to long term or short term, know what's  happening on the radio.

                  This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

                  by certainot on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 06:58:03 AM PDT

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